TRENTON - A state Senate committee has passed the Sandy Bill of Rights, moving the legislation another step through the State House.

Housing advocates say thousands of applications from Sandy victims have been either improperly rejected or lost by the now-fired company brought in to handle the paperwork.

The legislation would give storm victims more information about their aid applications, including why an application was rejected.

Housing and Commercial Development network spokesperson Staci Berger says the bill is aimed at helping applicants find out "where they stand on the waiting list, how their allocation was determined and what their future might hold," she says. "We need to get answers for people. The state owes people an explanation of what they ought to expect and how long it's going to take to rebuild."

The bill now goes to the full Senate for a vote